With its coastal setting and intriguing history, Galveston is a favorite among readers seeking a Texas beach escape.

“Great location for sightseeing, relaxation, good food, and wine. Mardi Gras is terrific!”
—Frank & Diana Alvarado, San Antonio

The resilient “playground of the South” offers travelers a wealth of activities, from natural enrichment at Moody Gardens and classic seaside amusement at the recently restored Pleasure Pier, to a visual feast of historical architecture in the Strand Historic District. Throw in museums exploring pirates and seafaring, frequent cultural events, and a cornucopia of interesting hotels and eateries, and you’ll have to remind yourself to save time to kick back on the beach.

For more information, contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 866/505-4456;

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